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Mr Intruder
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PostSubject: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:44 pm

I have always used proper bike cleaners, simply becuse I don't like the idea of using anything with a salt base like Fairy liquid.
I have used many different types and brands but I have kept looking at Caravan cleaners for many yers but not tried any. I have done a bit of research on them today and will bite the bullet and go for it. The one I am going to try first is Fenwicks Caravan Cleaner. Can you imagine how many cleans a bottle of this neat fluid would do?
What thoughts do you have on bike cleaners? Loads is the answer, Feckin loads. This stuff has been advised as a cleaner on a lot of site I have visited today.

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Fenwicks Caravan Cleaner 1lt Fenwick's Caravan Cleaner New stronger, easy to pour bottle.For effective and easy cleaning of all the exterior surfaces. Britain's number one, by a country mile! "Simply Amazing" said The Caravan Club. Up to 40 washes per bottle.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:30 pm

I use Muc-Off, only bought it because I got 2 Gallon cheap offer on ebay, seems ok for softening caked on dirt but nothing special, probably no better than hot soapy water, I usually wash the bike with Car-Plan car shampoo (3ltrs for £2 on offer at halfords) after letting it soak for 10 mins or so, could be worth trying caravan cleaner? I'll scrounge some off my brother when the muc off's run out 
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:16 pm

have a look at http://www.polishedbliss.co.uk/acatalog/car-care-advice.html
this guy on top of the game. sure the stuff in his shop is £££ but the base ideas are the same. and yes any salt base stuff is a big no no
i use a pH neutral snow foam (not a lot go's a long way can do the bike x2/3 with it)with a pressure washer foam cannon. then a salt free cleaner by hand
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:02 pm

Hi dave
I tried some snow foam concentrate. It said to mix it 50/50 wth water, then I just put it in the detergent bottle in the pressure washer (pictured). Didn't foam up or cling especially well. Is there some other piece of kit you need?



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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:19 am

Tried a similar idea.  You fasten the bottle to the end of the hose pipe and its suppose to foam up and cover the bike / car. - tried it once and it spat tiny bits of foam in all directions - completely useless.  Finished up mixing in a bucket and doing it the old fashioned way.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:47 am

On the DL I use bicycle cleaner from the £1 shop (looks like Muc-off) and white spirit for stubborn grime on wheels etc. On the Intruder I use WD 40 For the chrome bits and spokes and bike polish for the paint work. Try not to use it in the wet but for a deep clean I would imagine the same method as the DL.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:43 pm

Mal not sure why its not working for you m8 i use a Karcher one like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmwmbsfYyUU with the one i have it said only mix to about 1/4 snow foam
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:56 pm

Cheers Dave. I wonder if it's a special snow foam lance which aerates it.

The thing that came with my nilfisk is just labelled as a detergent bottle.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:09 pm

the detergent bottle on my Karcher is part of its body you just clip off never had any luck with it so just give up on it lol
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:19 am

Its definitely the lance mal, got mine from ebay £20 and you can choose your connector have mine on a karcher but if you have good water pressure you can put it straight on the hose, without it its just soapy water. You still need to wipe the car/bike over but you can snow the vehicle leave for 20 min and most of the dirt has slopped of. If you polish first and snow weekly you wont have to use a sponge for months.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:31 am

Ah thanks. Do you need a whole special lance or just something like this?

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Thanks for your help
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:25 pm

That's the one mal, was about to look it up for you! just choose the adapter for your purpose and away you go  way cheaper than the branded versions and work as well if not better! all you have to decide is which flavour snowfoam to use!!! got to love the scent of apples or cherry when your washing a car
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:23 am

Aldi this morning, Caravan cleaner £1.49.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:57 pm

Cheers Pete, I have to go past there in the morning.
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:56 pm

Just on a bit of a side note but whilst keeping in line with "Cleaning Fluids" thread,,, At work, we're supposed to keep a tidy and "respectable to the eye" works company van      which means? when you're filling up with diesel, you might also also get a car wash token and give it a once over to keep it respectable glasses  Anyway, I don't have the time or enthusiasm to engage in such matters so probably go a couple of years before something gets mentioned       So last summer   sunny   my van is looking rather unloved to say the least! it was full of moss and other undesirable elements that drop from up above and words were exchanged    So in my wisdom and limited timescale    I decided to wash it with Bleach and a sweeping brush?  wow   fecking spotless within 15 mins! Not sure if it's good long term idea? but, wow! everyone commended me on the cleanliness of my transport 
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:06 pm

I don't think Meguires would recommend that, but f**k it.... It's a works van!
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:19 am

But he forgot to mention it went from white to brushed aluminium! msrke
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PostSubject: Re: Bike Cleaning Fluids - Muc-off or Other? or Maybe Fenwicks?   Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:21 pm

Once went out with a girl who cleaned her 2 year old Mini with hot water and Vim - that came up a treat then went rusty as f*ck within weeks.  Living on the sea front at Blackpool probably did'nt help! Needless to say it was not her intelligence that attracted me to her SUZUKI800.COM GIRL
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